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Current Opportunities

Together We Listen

Help create great open story collections with The New York Public Library and The Moth. We're inviting the public to work with us to make 1,200+ hours of oral history interviews from our Community Oral History Project accessible for the first time! This is an important initiative and it will only be possible to make this huge amount of unheard history accessible with the help of people throughout our city.

  • Represent NYPL on a mission to create access to 1,200+ hours of personal city histories.
  • Work from home.
  • Use innovative technology to correct automated transcripts.

Event Volunteers

Volunteers are needed in the Bronx and Manhattan to assist at various locations throughout the year at events such as Summer Reading Parties, Author Lectures, Musical Performances and more. All event volunteers must go through Child Safety Training (even if you only work at adult events). Hours are flexible, but are mostly afternoons, evenings and Saturdays. Please email with "Event" in the subject line.


Other Interesting Opportunities

Experienced writer needed to lead a Writer's Circle for Adults at our Mulberry Street Library. The group would meet once a month in the evening from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm on a weeknight. The idea is for participants to form their own community and foster each other's writing projects, but  an experienced volunteer leader to give helpful tips and give structure to the group is necessary. Please email with "Writer" in the subject line.

Spanish speaking  volunteers are needed to help with Computer Classes at our Inwood Library on Wednesdays at 11am.

At our Bronx Library Center  tech savvy volunteers are needed to help visitors log in and reserve computer appointments. Please email

Chess tutors are needed for kids and teens at our Hunt's Point and Mott Haven Library in the Bronx.  Afternoons or Saturdays. Please email with "Chess" in the subject line.

Sewing tutors are needed at various locations. Share your love of sewing with others! Lead a small group of 6-8 people in learning to sew. All machines and supplies provided. We are hoping for 6-8 weeks of classes for about 2 hours. If interested email with "Sew" in the subject line. 

 Online Volunteers

Collaborate with NYPL to build the library of the future! We're doing this with the help of volunteers. We're exploring new and fun ways of improving access to rare and unique collections online. These are projects you can work on anytime, anywhere with an internet connection. We have two active initiatives now. More are on the way! No need to fill out an application. Get started immediately by following the links below.

  • Emigrant City - Help transcribe 19th and 20th century real estate records.
  • Map Warper - Help transform historical street maps into an interactive digital atlas.

Getting Involved

Online Application

If you are interested in any of the above, please fill out an application (PDF) and mail to:

New York Public Library, Volunteer Office, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue, Room 67 - VOL
New York, NY 10018.

You may also email your application to

Please do not apply for a library that is not mentioned in any of the current opportunities. Please do not apply if you are unable to make a once a week commitment for at least six months. Please do not apply if you are under 14 years of age.

Teens wanting to volunteer or their parents may wish to read the following article, Kids and Community Service.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to all. If your qualifications match with our current needs, we will contact you. It may take up to four weeks to respond to you. Please do not apply for positions that are not listed.

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